Join us daily at ACC DieHards for the latest North Carolina recruiting news and notes on the next crop of Tar Heels. Don’t miss any coverage from Cody Pace and the DieHards.com team. Read his daily notebooks here at 9 a.m. ET Monday through Friday. In this edition, we’ll discuss the recruits who are visiting Chapel Hill for “Late Night with Roy” and focus on 5-star shooting guard Romeo Langford, who’s taking his official visit.
The day North Carolina basketball fans have been waiting for since early April is here.
After the Tar Heels’ volleyball matchup against Virginia Tech, Late Night with Roy begins Friday, unofficially kicking off the college basketball season.
While the banner may be rising, it’ll do so under a bit of a cloud after the NCAA announced it will release its findings in the longstanding academic cheating case against North Carolina. Even with the uncertainty, this will be an important weekend for coach Roy Williams on the recruiting trail.
A handful of prospects will be in Chapel Hill to watch the banner rise, but maybe none more important than 5-star New Albany, Ind. shooting guard Romeo Langford, who will be on his official visit.
North Carolina doesn’t have much wiggle room in its class with small forward Nassir Little, combo guard Coby White and guard/forward Rechon Black already committed for the Class of 2018. But Langford, the No. 1 shooting guard and No. 5 overall player in the class, is a special type of talent that would justify the shuffling necessary to make the scholarship count work.
It’s not likely Lanford ends up in Chapel Hill, though not impossible. Indiana and Kansas are considered the favorites, and those will be the two schools that get his next visits after North Carolina.
If North Carolina is able to land Langford, a lot of it will have to do with Williams. In an interview with Rivals’ Clint Jackson, Langford said Williams’ consistency has been a factor in keeping North Carolina in the hunt.
“He’s just been consistent since Day 1, out of all the coaches,” Langford told Jackson. “Everything he’s said he’s going to do, he does it. If he says he’s going to call, he calls. Then just him as a person, I feel like he genuinely cares about me and that’s one of the main things I’m looking for. A coach that cares about his players on and off the court to make them a better player and a better man.”
Williams will also get help on campus Friday in White and Black. Both players will be taking their official visits to be there to see the national championship banner raise at the Dean Smith Center, and will no doubt be helping him with the recruiting pitch to Langford.
Langford won’t be the lone uncommitted visitor, either. Coming with Black for the second time in a month and a half will be 5-star 2019 small forward Wendell Moore. Moore is Black’s high school teammate at Cox Mill in Concord, N.C. and is considered a favorite to end up in Chapel Hill with 4-star point guard Jeremiah Francis, the lone 2019 commit for Williams.
As we wrote in The Dean’s List on Thursday, Moore believes he’ll make his decision soon, potentially by the end of the year. If he’s already a North Carolina lean, this could go a long way in helping solidify his decision, though it’s not likely to be a situation like last year when White made his decision on the heels of his visit for Late Night with Roy.
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